Synonyms of live in English:


Pronunciation: rhymes with ‘give’


  • 1 he was one of the greatest mathematicians who ever lived
    exist, be alive, be, have being, have life; breathe, draw breath, walk the earth; be extant
    informal be in the land of the living
    [Antonyms] die be dead
  • 2 I live in central London about 38,000 people live in the area
    reside, have one's home, have one's residence, be settled; be housed, lodge, board; inhabit, occupy, populate; Scottishstay
    informal hang out, hang one's hat, put up
    archaic bide
  • 3 he lived quietly during his remaining years
    pass one's life, spend one's life, lead one's life, have a life, have a lifestyle; behave, conduct oneself, comport oneself
  • 4 she had lived a difficult life
    experience, spend, pass, lead, have, go through, undergo
  • 5 old people living on small fixed pensions Freddy lived by his wits
    survive, make a living, earn one's living, eke out a living; subsist, support oneself, sustain oneself; keep alive, stay alive, maintain oneself, make ends meet, keep body and soul together
  • 6 couldn't we just forget about work for one afternoon and live a little?
    enjoy oneself, enjoy life, have fun, be happy, live life to the full; flourish, prosper, thrive, make the most of life
  • Phrases

    live it up

    informal those two are living it up in Hawaiilive extravagantlylive in the lap of luxurylive in clovercarousereveloverindulgepartyenjoy oneselfcelebratehave a good timeroister informalgo on a spreepush the boat outpaint the town redhave a ballmake whoopeego overboardmake a pig of oneselfNorth American informallive high on/off the hog archaicwassail

    live off/on

    scavenging seabirds live off discarded fishsubsist onfeed on/offrely for nourishment onthrive ondepend oneatconsumeuse

    live up to

    the drive certainly lived up to my expectations
    [Antonyms] exceed, fall short of
    measure up tomatch up tocome up toreachsatisfyfulfilachievemeetequalbe equal tobe on a level withcompare withadmit of comparisonbear comparison withbe good enoughfit/fill the bill informalhold a candle to

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    Word of the day hypnopompic
    Pronunciation: ˌhɪpnə(ʊ)ˈpɒmpɪk
    relating to the state immediately preceding waking up

    Synonyms of live in English:


    Pronunciation: rhymes with ‘five’


  • 1 the use of live bait
    living, alive, having life, breathing; animate, organic, biological, sentient; existing, existent, extant
    informal in the land of the living, among the living
    archaic quick
    [Antonyms] dead inanimate
  • 2 this is her first live appearance in Britain a live radio phone-in
    in the flesh, personal, in person, actual; not pre-recorded, not recorded, unedited; not delayed, real-time; with an audience
    [Antonyms] recorded
  • 3 he touched a live rail while working on the track
    electrified, charged, powered, connected, active, switched on
    informal hot
    [Antonyms] inactive
  • 4 the fire grate was full of live coals
  • 5 a live grenade
    unexploded, explosive, explodable, active; loaded, charged, primed; unstable, volatile
    [Antonyms] inactive
  • 6 gay rights have become a live issue across America
    topical, current, of current interest, contemporary; burning, pressing, important, vital; relevant, pertinent; controversial, debatable, unsettled
  • Phrases

    live wire

    she's a real live wireenergetic person informalball of firefireballhuman dynamobusy beeeager beavergo-getterwhizz-kidmover and shakerpowerhouselife and soul of the partytigerdemon

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